Irongate - Irongate Conservation Park
Address: Wallingford Road, Irongate QLD
This 29 hectare park is managed by the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing. It’s home to two endangered tree species, namely the Brigalow and Belah, and seven bird species of conservation significance, including the black-faced monarch, fork-tailed swift, glossy black-cockatoo, painted honeyeater, rainbow bee-eater, rufous fantail and white-throated needletail.
Irongate Conservation Park displays three distinct vegetation groups. They are Mountain Coolibah in the north east corner, Brigalow along the road to the west and Belah forming an arc around the southern boundary.
The park is accessed by schools and universities for environment and biodiversity studies, and by the general public for birdwatching and bushwalking.
Address: Wallingford Road, Irongate
How to get there: Irongate Conservation Park is located approximately 17 km north west of Pittsworth.
From Pittsworth: Head north towards Oakey-Pittsworth Road and, after about 2.2 km, turn left on St Helens Road. Drive for about 7 km, turn right on Wallingford Road and drive for another 6 km until you see an unusual sign made from an old iron gate strung between two posts with one bearing the name ‘Iron’, and the other ‘Gate’.
Irongate Walking Circuit
Best for: Bushwalking
Classification: Grade 2
Distance: 1,200m return
Walking time: Approximately 20 minutes
Description: The walk starts near the park entrance with an easy grade gravel track that winds its way through different vegetation. Signage helps identify the local plants and trees. Look out for the many species of reptiles, birds and other fauna living in the area.